A gap year program to grow your network and shape your future.

Welcome to the GVSU Momentum program for admitted/registered Fall 2020 first-year and transfer students who have chosen to withdraw from their first semester at Grand Valley State University because of the pandemic. 

The program is a credit-bearing personal development experience offered within a fully online and self-paced framework, supported by a dynamic community of students, faculty, and staff. 

Withdraw must have taken place before 5 p.m. on September 4.


Gap Year Grant

By choosing to participate in the GVSU Momentum program, you will be a part of the program inaugural cohort that will receive Gap Year Grants.

Gap Year Grants are awarded to cover the full cost of up to two credits for those who apply and submit a $100 non-refundable program fee by October 15.

The grant values range between $557 and $1,168 (in-state) or $792 and $1,636 (out-of-state) depending on the selected 1-2 credit experience.

 


APPLY BEFORE OCTOBER 15
APPLY BEFORE OCTOBER 15
FOR FALL 2020
GAP YEAR GRANTS COVER UP TO 2 COLLEGE CREDITS
GAP YEAR GRANTS COVER UP TO 2 COLLEGE CREDITS
BOOKS AND SUPPLIES NOT NEEDED OR REQUIRED
BOOKS AND SUPPLIES NOT NEEDED OR REQUIRED

Overview

Application/Program Fee Deadline: October 15 to qualify for the Gap Year Grant

Start Date: October 19 

End Date: December 19

Program Fee: $100 non-refundable program fee (covering mentoring, guidance and materials) at the time of application.
Credits: Gap Year Grant covers up to two credits for non-degree seeking students, with awards of up to $1,168 (in-state) or $1,636 (out-of-state).

No books or additional materials required!

GVSU student studying on his computer.


Personalize Your Path

Choose One Or Both

The GVSU Momentum program lets you personalize your path. Engage in courses to leverage your knowledge and lived experiences to enhance your path forward and grow your curiosity for new learning opportunities. 

Choose from one or both career and network path experiences. Each course section is online, self-paced, and specifically for GVSU Momentum program participants.

CAREER EDUCATION

BUILDING CAREER NETWORKS

US-102 Career Education
Designed for students seeking assistance in developing a career and educational plan suited to their needs, goals, and career choices. Emphasis and activities will be placed on personal and career assessment, career and occupational information, planning, and decision-making. One Credit

INT-380 Building Career Networks
Students will determine goals and how they impact their educational and career plans; identify marketable skills they already have and those that can be developed from a liberal education and university experiences; utilize networking strategies to identify campus networks; and learn about professionalism as it relates to building relationships. One Credit

 

   

Enhance Your Community Connection

YOUR PERSONAL LAKER NETWORK

Grow your personal Laker network with peers and experts across the university who are invested in your life and learning journey. All personal development paths are anchored by these virtual opportunities to engage with your collective GVSU Momentum cohort.

 

VIRTUAL SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES

LAKER MENTORS

Lakers view mentoring as an important aspect of advancing the Laker Effect, the collective impact of the Grand Valley community on individual students and beyond. Your assigned mentor is your go-to guide, providing unparalleled dedication and active support. They will check-in with you to make sure that you have what you need to be successful in your selected path.  

COHORT MEETUPS

Grand Valley’s liberal education focus emphasizes critical thinking, creative problem solving, and cultural understanding — preparing students for life in a fast-changing society. These live interactive workshop sessions, open to all participants, mentors, and instructors, provide a sampling of activities, tools, and resources to apply your current real-world learning toward your personal goals.

RETURN CONSULTANTS
Develop an active plan to identify and eliminate financial barriers and register for your full-time, degree-seeking return to Grand Valley State University. Live presentations and individual consultations on financial aid and academic advising.


Your Return on Investment

When you return to Grand Valley as a full-time, degree-seeking student:

  • Your credits apply toward the minimum 120 semester hours needed to graduate.
  • Therefore for your $100 program fee you will gain the tuition value equivalent of up to $1,168 (in-state) or $1,636 (out-of-state).
  • You will also have the value of extensive support and coordination of your career and academic plans.

Expedited re-enrollment and immediate registration for Winter 2021.

A GVSU student in the library on her computer.


Supporting Your Full-Time Return

Participants that choose to return as full-time, degree-seeking students for Winter 2021 or beyond will not need to reapply for undergraduate admissions.

If you are returning and already registered for Winter 2021 your courses will be held for you.

Those who need to register for Winter 2021 courses can do so immediately. Your previously determined financial aid will remain for Winter 2021.

GVSU female student studying in Lake Ontario Hall


Get Started Today!

APPLICATION

To participate and receive the Gap Year Grant, submit your GVSU Momentum program application and $100 non-refundable program fee by October 15. 

No additional federal or state financial assistance will apply. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for questions or assistance at (616) 331-3234 or finaid@gvsu.edu.

GVSU Momentum Questions? gapyear@gvsu.edu

REGISTRATION

You will be automatically registered as a non-degree seeking student in your selected course(s) within 48 hours of submitting your GVSU Momentum program application and $100 non-refundable program fee. 

Use your GVSU Network ID and password to view your courses and account statement in the myBanner registration system. 

 

ENGAGEMENT

Starting on October 19, you will begin receiving a weekly experience overview sent directly to your email.

Your course syllabus and materials will be available in BlackBoard and your community connections will take place in Zoom (paid account not required).